Mechanization of the processing of climatological data

TitleMechanization of the processing of climatological data
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1957
AuthorsDale, R. F.
Conference Name25th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 25th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1957
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationSanta Barbara, California
KeywordsData processing, Weather bureau records

Electronic computer for Automatic Data Processing (ADP) of climatological data as applied to Weather Bureau records and other applications are discussed in length and detail. The card punching programs of the Weather Bureau in cooperation with national Defense agencies is described together with the gigantic project of assembling such data at the New Orleans unit. After World War II three programs were continued. These are listed below.(WRPC) Weather Records Processing Centers - Regional offices.(NWRC) National Weather Record Center at Ashville, NC where over 300 million cards are on file.(Land Grant College and University) weather record processing programs in cooperation with the Weather Bureau.The need and demands for card deck copying and distribution is growing by leaps and bounds by requests from many private companies, agencies and private operators. Such demands have necessitated the transfer of much of the data to TAPE operated machines for greater speed of computation.